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Becoming a Texan September 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — shaefferfamily @ 4:18 pm

Hello all! Well, this is my first post since moving to Texas. With so many changes at one time I could write for days. However, today I am just going to tell you about our drive down here on Labor Day. We left Memphis on Monday morning around 9:00. (By the way, the shower on Saturday was amazing. I feel so very blessed to have such wonderful friends and family that want to celebrate with me.) Michael was driving the 24 foot moving truck that was pulling his truck and Baxter and I were following in the Explorer. The drive was going very smoothly and we even stopped in Little Rock to have lunch with our good friends Mark and Angela Margis and their 4 kids. It was a great visit because we haven’t seen them in about a year and a half. So, as we were leaving Little Rock I figured we had a little over 6 hours to go. Not long after we got back on the road my feet started hurting and tingling very badly. I looked down and they were very swollen. This is one of the first times I have dealt with swollen feet all pregnancy. I see now why women complain about it. About an hour after that, my hands started hurting and my back started having shooting pains. Before the trip I didn’t give much thought to such a long drive while being 8 months pregnant. People kept telling me it was going to be hard and I would need to stop a lot but I didn’t really pay attention to them. My pregnancy has been so smooth and easy up to this point I didn’t think I would be affected. Boy was I wrong!

The other thing is, once we got a little ways into Texas we had to start using 2 lane state roads instead of the interstate. When you’re in such a big truck this is really slow. We averaged about 50 mph the last 4 or 5 hours. So we reached the 6 hour mark from the time we left Little Rock and we still weren’t there. I called Michael to ask him how much further and he informed me that we still had about 250 miles to go!!! Man were my calculations off! At this point I thought I would never make it. I had just started to gather myself and think positively right about the time I start hearing Baxter throwing up in the backseat. (Now for some info on Bax. While we were in Memphis he got into something in my parents yard that he was obviously allergic to. By Sunday morning his face and body were completely swollen all over and I had to take him to the Emergency Vet at 5:00 am for a shot. The doctor also gave me an oral steroid to give him when we traveled. I think this and the long car ride both contributed to the wonderful barfing in my backseat!) After this incident I think I cried almost the entire last hour of the drive.

So we finally arrived in College Station at around 11:00 pm. That’s right folks –  14 hours after leaving for our destination. We got there but we couldn’t find the hotel where we were supposed to be staying. So Michael started calling the hotel to get directions, yet no one would answer. We decided that the big truck had to go so we went and parked it at the church and both got in the Explorer. We finally found the hotel and it seemed kinda shady! We decided it wasn’t a big deal because it was only for one night and to stay there anyway. So Michael went to check us in and the lady informs him that as of September 1st (which was the current day) they no longer accept pets! So we got back in the car and drove to the trusty Holiday Inn Express and settled down to bed at about Midnight. Even though it was a crazy trip things are going great now that we are here! We’re really excited about everything that’s happening. 

Sorry this post was so crazy and all over the place. It kinda shows hoe I felt on Monday :). I’ll share more about the apartment and hopefully post pictures later this week!

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One Response to “Becoming a Texan”

  1. ashley Says:

    Wow Kim! You are a trooper!! I’m glad you guys finally made it all it one piece! I can’t wait to see pictures! Have fun nesting!! 🙂


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